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It is not yet clear how this could have happened, but some confidential documents have leaked from Buckingham Palace in which we talk – in a super detailed way – of the action plan for the hours immediately following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
As the Sovereign enjoys her last days of vacation in Balmoral, where she will soon meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, there is great tension at the Palace. L’Operation London Bridge (this is the name of the plan developed to deal with the death of Her Majesty) is no longer secret: the Politico.eu site has had the opportunity to view the documentation relating to the protocol in question and told all the details. Among other things, we learn that the plan was recently updated to adapt it to needs occurred in the period of Covid.
The organization is really excellent, as it will have to deal with a event with a worldwide prominence. Not to mention the fact that millions of people will likely be pouring into the streets of London, making the situation even more complicated. The London Bridge plan carefully foresees everything that will have to be done in the ten days after the Queen’s death, that is, until his funeral will be celebrated.
The highest offices of the Kingdom will obviously be the first to be warned: the Prime Minister he will be informed directly by Her Majesty’s personal secretary. Soon after, the National Press Association will make the announcement to the nation. Within the next ten minutes, the flags flying over Whitehall must be lowered to half mast, as a sign of respect for mourning. All parliamentary work currently underway will have to be suspended.
The forecast of the various is also very detailed updates to be launched online: the home page of the Royal Family website will present a black screen and a short message confirming the news. The government website and the pages of the various ministries will have a black banner at the top, while social activities will be immediately stopped. At that point, the Royal Family will announce the plans for the Queen’s funeral, which should take place ten days after his death.
The Prime Minister will break the silence in the hours following his death. Soon after it will be the turn of the new King Charles, with a speech live to the nation. At the same time, a commemoration for the Queen, in St. Paul’s Cathedral. D-Day – as the day Elizabeth’s death was called – will therefore be a very delicate moment, but also in the following weeks there will be numerous details to organize.
Carlo will come crowned as the new King of England, with the official status of the passage of the crown proclaimed by the Council of Succession. In the run-up to the funeral, the Prince of Wales will be on tour across the UK to receive condolences from his subjects. The Queen’s body will be on display for three days at the Palace of Westminster, to allow citizens to pay tribute to her. The funeral will instead be held at Westminster Abbey, as a result of which Her Majesty will be buried in the Memorial Chapel of King George VI, next to the body of her husband, Prince Philip.